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Gary M

Model Insider Spotlight - Gary M - MI 507


How did you get started in photography? What brought you to it?
My father was a pretty serious photographer, and I picked up the basics from him, developing film and making prints in the basement darkroom. I stuck with it, shooting for the yearbook in high school, taking a few classes in college, and starting to photograph concerts. A few years ago, a couple friends asked for portraits, and it rekindled that spark in me, and I ventured into working with models and discovered my strength and some recognition with art nudes.

Do you consider yourself: Pro, Semi Pro, Hobbyist, Amateur, Something Else?
Professional attitude, hobbyist income -- largely by choice.

How did you find Model Insider and what do you like best about it?
Almost exactly 2 years ago, a model friend of mine sent me a link to ModelInsider, and I joined hoping to see it grow as an additional resource. I've found that many model networking sites seem to evolve regionally, or primarily serve a particular segment of the community (glamour, fashion, alternative, etc.) that may not meet my primary needs. While a number of my model friends have profiles here, I'm hoping to see more figure nude models from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan get involved in the site and get in touch with me!

What gear do you use?
I shoot mainly with Canon, primarily 5DII. I use a variety of lenses, leaning heavily on the 24-105, but have been working with more prime lenses. I also have a few specialized goodies. Photogenic monolights in the studio. My Mac workflow is Lightroom 3 for almost everything, with some fine-tuning in PhotoShop.

What is your usual genre? Favorite genre?
My primary concentration is on art nudes, so I'm fortunate that what I enjoy shooting most is what I spend the most time shooting.

How do you find models to work with?
I don't have just one main method for finding models. Of course, I use portfolio sites, social networking, and get referrals from other models or photographers. Proper group shoots can actually be good for making initial contact with a few new models at a time, and do some shooting to get acquainted and evaluate if future sessions should be planned. There are some models I shoot with on a regular basis, which is great for establishing a working shorthand. I'm pretty fortunate, in that more models are finding me these days.

Do you do provide styling and makeup? Do you work with a preferred MUA?
With one exception it's literally been years since I brought in an MUA for a shoot. For the majority of my work, I prefer a clean "no-make up" look and very simple hair that any model can easily manage on her own. Sometimes models will do a more dramatic look on their own, which is a nice change. The models who do a lot of pin-up or burlesque work tend to love doing their own looks and do them well.

Where do you see yourself going in the next year, artistically and business wise?
I'm going to be submitting more work to publications, I have entries in to a number shows around the country, and I'm working on a small gallery show of my own work that should happen this spring. I've been considering pursuing more paid work doing what I do, so that may be in the cards. I'm also doing some experimenting that I hope will yield some interesting results, both with still and video.

Do you shoot both in studio and on location and do you have a preference?
Both, but I generally prefer to treat the studio space like location. I strongly prefer location shoots, when the opportunities are available, and I'm always on the lookout for new possibilities.

Do you have your own studio? If not, do you find this a limitation?
I'm sharing a studio space at the moment. The limitation is that while the grungey old warehouse space seems to have a crusty appeal to most models, if I want to try to do more commercial work, it may be just a little TOO gritty for that.

Do you travel?
I travel around the region regularly -- to Detroit, Toledo, Columbus, Indianapolis and that general area. I have had great shoots in Chicago, New York, and out west, and I hope to do more traveling in the year ahead. I've not yet tried to fly with the new TSA policies, so I'm hoping camera gear won't create too much of a disturbance.

Anything else you'd like to tell Model Insiders about yourself?
I'm happy to have been chosen for this Spotlight, and I'd encourage any of the models who want to be a part of my work to contact me directly, even if you're far away. There are ways to make things happen.